BTS will soon start serving their country’s military. BTS, the group of 7 South Korean boy band have to serve in the country’s mandatory military service. They have millions of fans around the world.
BTS has captured the hearts through topping many music charts, selling out worldwide stadium tours. The band has won the myriad awards including Billboard Music Awards and American Music Awards.
South Korea’s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Park Yang-woo, wanted to grant them an exemption from the draft. So, BTS will have to serve just like everyone else. The Korean ministry said changing the rules for BTS could have a huge impact on the promotion of people’s morale. It will lead to the enhancement of national character.
To Serve in a Country’s Military Service is a Mandatory Service
Every Korean man before turning 28 is obliged to serve in the military for 18 months. For this, the waiver will be granted for people with certain skill sets, including professional athletes.
Even some celebrities who are deemed to contribute to their nation are also exempted from this service. But according to the decision made this week, pop stars have to perform this mandatory service of Korea.
Some oldest member of BTS turns 28 next year. The die-hard fan base of BTS (known as ARMY) will launch a petition on the website of the Blue House, the South Korean presidency. They will argue that BTS has already served their country by promoting K-pop far beyond South Korea’s borders. BTS is helping to lure tourism back to the country in the process.